Added on 09-Oct-2009
Coming on November 17th will be the deluxe Queen hits collection Absolute Greatest. The set, which was compiled with assistance from cofounders Roger Taylor and Brian May, will be available in several different formats -- including both single and double disc versions as CD's and digital downloads.
Vintage Vinyl News reported that the two-disc set of Absolute Greatest will feature audio commentaries by Taylor and May. A "Limited Edition Book Version" will include the two-CD set, along with a 52-page book with rare and unseen photos, band memorabilia, copies of original handwritten lyrics -- along with access to streaming of 20 live performances.
An "LP Box Set" features three albums, which includes a 16-page soft photo book, as well as access to streaming live performances.
The tracklist for Queen's Absolute Greatest: "We Will Rock You," "We Are The Champions," "Radio Ga Ga," "Another One Bites The Dust," "I Want It All," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "A Kind Of Magic," "Under Pressure" with David Bowie, "One Vision," "You're My Best Friend," "Don't Stop Me Now," "Killer Queen," "These Are The Days Of Our Lives," "Who Wants To Live Forever," "Seven Seas Of Rhye," "Heaven For Everyone," "Somebody To Love," "I Want To Break Free," "The Show Must Go On," and "Bohemian Rhapsody."
Although their career continued on successfully worldwide until Freddie Mercury's 1991 death, Queen never toured America following their 1982 trek in support of that year's Hot Space album. Roger Taylor recalls the band ignoring the States due to what they felt was a backlash against Mercury's homosexuality: [ Click to listen if you have a backstage pass] "We perceived, I mean, I think when it became obvious that Freddie was homosexual, we perceived a noticeable dropping of interest. And also this coincided with the sort of, we did a couple albums which weren't that great, to be honest. That really was probably the major factors."